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Intensity of Vascular Catheter Use in Critical Care: Impact on Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates and Association with Severity of Illness

  • Kimberlee S. Fong (a1), Mary Banks (a2) (a3), Rebekah Benish (a3), Cynthia Fatica (a4), Melissa Triche (a4), Nehemiah Smith (a5) (a6), Robert Butler (a6), Steven M. Gordon (a1) and Thomas G. Fraser (a1) (a4)...


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